Russia: Agricultural Machinery

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 15 November 2023.

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Photo of James Wild James Wild Conservative, North West Norfolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with EU counterparts on exports of agricultural equipment by EU companies to Russia.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK and EU continue to cooperate on all elements of sanctions policy, from design and implementation to anti-circumvention activity. The former Foreign Secretary emphasised the importance of continued alignment to EU ambassadors in October, as did the PM with President von der Leyen in early November. The UK has prohibited the export of certain items which can be used in agricultural production, including tractors and cutting blades, because of their potential military application. The Government has always been clear that our sanctions do not target food, with carve-outs included in UK sanctions to avoid unintended consequences for food security.

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